Sitka Spruce is the most well-rounded tone wood and is used on more guitar tops than any other wood. This is due to the tonal qualities and sonic projection of spruce. It has a nice even tone and does not accentuate any frequency above another in an overpowering way. Spruce also has a strong attack and does not get muddy at high volumes. This makes it a very versatile wood and makes those players with soft touches sound great and people playing with other instruments cut through the mix.
The auditorium body shape is probably the newest body shape for acoustic guitars. The auditorium takes elements that players love from various other shapes and combines them into a single body. The sound will be slightly different than a dreadnought and will scoop some of the mid range but it maintains the full dreadnought sound. It has a skinnier waist, much like a grand concert. This allows the guitar to rest lower on a player's thigh when sitting down and does not put as much strain on the shoulder. It's not hard to see why auditoriums have gained popularity so quickly.
After over 40 years of labor earning restriction and now approaching retirement age, I decided to rediscover my music appreciation which youth instruction afforded me. Years ago I received piano instruction for a decade as a youth and moved to guitar for ease of access. I’ve had a number of acoustics in the past but never kept them. But now I wanted to settle with a comfortable instrument that would last me a long time and provide the enjoyment I need. I tried this one out in a local music store alongside at least a hundred others and, to tell the truth, this one stood out for ease of fingering, fullness of sound, and texture to the grip. All of these contribute to a comfortable experience, regardless of the level of activity. I tried many of the brand names available and none matched the selection I made. And when I discovered the affordability in comparison to most of the others, my decision was made. You folks at Teton had constructed, at least in this instrument, one of the finest available to the public. Thank you for finding the right ingredients!
-Kevin R Koutnik
One word–phenomenal. I am a 54 year old singer, songwriter, guitarist and praise and worship leader. I have had acoustic guitars from 13 years old to present and have owned most of the major brands. This guitar is the best I have ever owned.The look, feel, sound and craftmanship of this instrument is outstanding. This guitar has inspired me. Her nickname is Maggie Mae and she plays and sounds like a dream. The price was mind-blowing for such a fine instrument. I believe this guitar and other Teton guitars are a good investment. This new company will surely grow to top end status, like Martin, Taylor and others that have accomplished a top end status. Teton will be a collector item and worth a high dollar amount in the future as long as they keep up the craftmanship and fine detail of a fine quality instrument. My guitar is simply magnificent. Thank you and God bless your company.
-Jackie W. Taylor
I convinced my wife she should learn to play the guitar and she’s a complete beginner so I began looking around for good value guitars. I didn’t want to get her a piece of junk, but I also didn’t want to spend a lot. Long story short, I am absolutely blown away by the value of this guitar. I’m very impressed by the workmanship. Teton guitars being so reasonably priced and made in China I figured it would have questionable workmanship. That couldn’t be further from the truth! It feels and plays like a much more expensive guitar. Seagulls have always been my go-to value to performance guitars, but Teton holds their own and then some. I find myself constantly coming back to the Teton over my Seagull. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Seagull, and perhaps it’s because the Teton is the only cedar guitar in the house, but the way this thing plays and sounds is just beautiful. There is a slight change in neck shape near the nut that kind of goes from a C shape to an almost U or a soft V shape, which is a little strange for me and my big hands (though almost a non-issue), but for my wife and her small hands it’s great. I hate to keep saying this is a great guitar “for the money” but that honestly comes into play. With my more expensive guitars I tend to baby them, and though they do get a lot of play time, I’m always concerned about damaging them. Maybe that’s a personal issue, but with the Teton, since it’s so reasonably priced I simply enjoy it more. It sounds phenomenal, and since it didn’t cost a million dollars I’m not afraid to take it out all the time and play it into the ground… and that’s just what I plan to do.
Simply the finest acoustic guitar in its price range you will find anywhere! Amazing quality, superb tone, highly playable, great electronics! I’ve owned one of everything; for the money, you won’t find a better instrument! I highly recommend you buy a Teton!
I previously sent a message to Teton Support on this subject, but want to leave a review also. I have probably only done 2 reviews in my entire life. This is the third. I own a Martin 6 string, a Recording King 6 string, and a Taylor 12 string. Nothing real expensive, but they all sound great. I am extremely happy with the latest guitar I found. I have been looking at Taylor guitars in the 2-3K price range and was planning on eventually making that purchase…until I stepped into MusicGoRound and found a used Teton STG105CENT. Yep, I said USED, in excellent condition for less than $200. I got it home and replaced the strings with a set of Martin Acoustic SP 10’s. The Teton sounds better than my Martin and at least compares to many of the new Taylors I have tried out. This guitar has been discontinued, but if the new Teton products are like this one in workmanship and sound quality, then companies like Taylor and Marin have some serious competition.
I will be trying out other Teton guitars in the future….but, for right now, Taylor can’t have my money.